America's Mom: The Life, Lessons, and Legacy of Ann Landers by Rick Kogan

By Rick Kogan

For 2 generations of american citizens, analyzing Ann Landers's day-by-day column used to be as very important as consuming breakfast. for almost fifty years a complete kingdom grew to become to this quick-witted, worldly-wise counselor for recommendation on every thing from dinner etiquette to intercourse. yet who was once the lady in the back of the byline? Iowa-born Eppie Lederer was once first employed through the Chicago Sun-Times to take over the day-by-day suggestion column in 1955 -- and over the following half-century she assisted in shaping the nation's social and sexual panorama. Award-winning journalist Rick Kogan used to be Ann Landers's final editor and shut buddy, and he paints a desirable, full-bodied account of the triumphs, the knowledge, the braveness, and the pains of 1 of the 20 th century's so much enduring icons -- together with her painful lifelong feud along with her exact dual sister, "Dear Abby"; her obdurate refusal to turn away from even the main debatable themes; and the tragic breakup of her personal thirty-six-year marriage. choked with outstanding tales shared through humans from all walks of lifestyles who have been profoundly laid low with the nice experience and information of Ann Landers, America's mother is a relocating tribute to a novel lady who has earned an everlasting position in our tradition ... and our hearts.

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The letters consisted of cries for 40 • Rick Kogan help from the very poor, those who had problems dealing with religious discrimination, and people seeking advice in marriage or job decisions. The editor of the paper for the first half of the twentieth century was Abraham Cahan, who often wrote the column. In his 1929 memoirs he observed that the column was popular because: “People often [need] the opportunity to be able to pour out their heavy-laden hearts. Among our immigrant masses this need was very marked.

You name it! This was the beginning. The IBC Research Foundation was founded a couple of months later. Ann Landers’s article gave us the impetus and so there is no doubt that she helped save so many lives and continues to do so. I wish I had had the pleasure of meeting and thanking her in person. She was a lady in every sense of the word and what a great contribution she made in the world with her warmth, knowledge, and determination. Many people will remember Ann Landers as an important part of twentieth-century history.

It was the “in” thing to do. After I graduated from high school, I worked at a newspaper/radio advertising company in downtown Chicago and in the summertime, a group of coworkers and I sat on one of the tour boats that were docked in the river. Every day we’d have lunch there, read Ann Landers, and discuss her responses, sometimes getting into heated conversations. Every column was completely different and sometimes we found the questions strange, but Ann Landers always treated her readers with respect.

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